Developing the LibOScreenplay Template

Overview

Thisscreenplay-sintel-720 article aims to describe how LibOScreenplay formats your screenplay (useful if you would like to create a similar template of your own) as well as provide a little extra info about LibOScreenplay. You can return to the main LibreOffice Screenplay Template page by following the link.

LibOScreenplay provides two screenplay templates, the first aimed at those writers in the USA whose printers let them print in the 8.50″ x 11.00″ (Letter) paper size. The other, LibOScreenplay-A4 is for writers in Europe whose printers print A4 paper.

LibOScreenplay is free to download and use for any purpose whatsoever.

Courier Final Draft font

The latest Courier Final Draft font can be downloaded from the link below – It appears that Final Draft themselves have made the font available for download, however I cannot speak for the legality of downloading and using the font outside of Final Draft. It is available, however, at the URL below …

http://support.finaldraft.com/article.aspx?aid=5328

Custom Page Styles used in LibOScreenplay

LibOS | General

  • Page Size: 8.50″ x 11.00″ (Letter)
  • Font name: Courier 10 Pitch
  • Font size: 11
  • Margins: 1.50″ (left) – 0.75″ (right) – 0.50″ (top) – 0.50″ (bottom)

LibOS | Title-Page

  • Page Size: 8.50″ x 11.00″ (Letter)
  • Font name: Courier 10 Pitch
  • Font size: 11
  • Margins: 1.50″ (left) – 0.75″ (right) – 0.50″ (top) – 0.50″ (bottom)

Custom Paragraph Syles used in LibOScreenplay:

LibOS | General

  • Indent before text: 0.00″
  • Indent after text: 0.25″

LibOS | SCENE HEADING

  • Indent before text: 0.00″
  • Indent after text: 0.25″
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS | Action

  • Indent before text: 0.00″
  • Indent after text: 0.25″

LibOS | CHARACTER

  • Indent before text: 2.70″
  • Indent after text: 0.25″
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS | Dialogue

  • Indent before text: 1.00″
  • Indent after text: 1.75″

LibOS | (parenthetical)

  • Indent before text: 1.52″
  • Indent after text: 2.25″
  • Indent First line: -0.15″

LibOS | TRANSITION

  • Indent before text: 4.00″
  • Indent after text: 1.12″
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS | (MORE)

  • Indent before text: 0.00″
  • Indent after text: 0.25″
  • Alignment: Center

Custom Syles used in LibOScreenplay-A4

COMING SOON; While LibOScreenplay-A4.ott has not been released yet, it is very nearly ready! Please check back soon!

LibOS-A4 | General

  • Page Size: 210mm x 297mm (A4)
  • Font name: Courier 10 Pitch
  • Font size: 11
  • Margins: 37.06mm (left) – 18.53mm (right) – 13.50mm (top) – 13.50mm (bottom)

LibOS-A4 | Title-Page

  • Page Size: 210mm x 297mm (A4)
  • Font name: Courier 10 Pitch
  • Font size: 11
  • Margins: 37.06mm (left) – 18.53mm (right) – 13.50mm (top) – 13.50mm (bottom)

Custom Paragraph Syles used in LibOScreenplay-A4:

LibOS-A4 | General

  • Indent before text: 0.00mm
  • Indent after text: 6.18mm

LibOS-A4 | SCENE HEADING

  • Indent before text: 0.00mm
  • Indent after text: 6.18mm
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS-A4 | Action

  • Indent before text: 0.00mm
  • Indent after text: 6.18mm

LibOS-A4 | CHARACTER

  • Indent before text: 66.71mm
  • Indent after text: 6.18mm
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS-A4 | Dialogue

  • Indent before text: 24.71mm
  • Indent after text: 43.24mm

LibOS-A4 | (parenthetical)

  • Indent before text: 37.55mm
  • Indent after text: 55.59mm
  • Indent First line: -3.81mm

LibOS-A4 | TRANSITION

  • Indent before text: 98.82mm
  • Indent after text: 27.67mm
  • Font Effects: Capitals

LibOS-A4 | (MORE)

  • Indent before text: 0.00mm
  • Indent after text: 6.18mm
  • Alignment: Center

Suggested Keyboard Shortcuts

May currently be problematic on a Mac…

  • Ctrl+1: LibOS | SCENE HEADING
  • Ctrl+2: LibOS | Action
  • Ctrl+3: LibOS | CHARACTER
  • Ctrl+4: LibOS | Dialogue
  • Ctrl+5: LibOS | (parenthetical)
  • Ctrl+6: LibOS | (MORE)
  • Ctrl+7: LibOS | TRANSITION:
  • Ctrl+0: LibOS | General

Known Limitations

  • Scene Numbering Option not available
  • To maintain 1pg = 1min using the Courier 10 Pitch font, 11pt font size is used. 12pt font size is the industry standard. This could mean searching for a new font for future versions.
  • There is no detailed installation / usage documentation
  • Suggested Keyboard Shortcuts may currently be problematic on a Mac…

See Also

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